Writing a Novel

Packed with guidance and insight, this book is for anyone considering writing a novel. It is full of exercises to get the reader writing and includes a range of quotations and tips from a host of established names.

Author: Nigel Watts

Publisher:

ISBN: 0340927291

Category: Authorship

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'teach yourself Writing a Novel' is an informative, yet creative, user-friendly and straightforward guide to writing good fiction. It covers everything from story arcs and themes to characterisation and language, and additionally offers plenty of practical advice for those facing the dreaded writer's block, and practical writing exercises for those wanting to refine their skills. Additionally, it gives a full guide to available creative writing courses, now fully updated in this third edition, and plenty of further reading resources for budding authors.

How to Write a Novel in 90 Days

This concise guide tells you how to write a novel by using a systematic approach to writing. This guide is written by an author not a 'guru'. A simple step by step breakdown of how to plan each day.

Author: Conrad Jones

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781783333363

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 69

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This concise guide tells you how to write a novel by using a systematic approach to writing. This guide is written by an author not a 'guru'. A simple step by step breakdown of how to plan each day. No fillers and no theory, just the hard facts in a concise guide. There are many guides about writing novels on the market but how many of them are written by prolific published authors? The answer is ‘not many’. How can anyone write a guide unless they have been through the writing process many times before? The simple answer to this question is they can’t because they cannot feed on their own actual experiences to help another writer to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls. Most guides regurgitate information which they have picked up from creative writing books or sites. How can they give you advice when they have never sat down and focused on creating a novel which will sell, many times over? Writing a novel is the same as any other task we undertake as individuals. We have to learn how to do it in order to do it well. When you first learn to drive, you need lessons. No one walks into the kitchen and creates a gourmet dish on their first attempt. If you want a system to apply to writing a book, then you need to take advice from an ‘author’ who has taken years to develop the process via experience.

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; ...

Author: Randy Ingermanson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470585238

Category: Education

Page: 384

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

How Not to Write a Novel

This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published.

Author: Howard Mittelmark

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061862892

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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"What do you think of my fiction book writing?" the aspiring novelist extorted. "Darn," the editor hectored, in turn. "I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call 'really awful writing.'" "But how shall I absolve this dilemma? I have already read every tome available on how to write well and get published!" The writer tossed his head about, wildly. "It might help," opined the blonde editor, helpfully, "to ponder how NOT to write a novel, so you might avoid the very thing!" Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published. In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious "mis-examples" to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they'll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.

How to Write a Book

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write a book? This unpretentious little guide through the perils of writing fiction follows the process through four stages: gathering the raw material, planning, rough draft writing, and revision.

Author: Dan Brown

Publisher: Nmd Books

ISBN: 1936828448

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 104

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to write a book? This unpretentious little guide through the perils of writing fiction follows the process through four stages: gathering the raw material, planning, rough draft writing, and revision. The principles and craft of novel writing can be taught - and with lots of practice you can learn how to write! Novelist Dan Brown shares not only his own experience on how to write a novel but also the thoughts of many classic masters of fiction. Teachers call it "common-sensical and wise," raising the right questions and offering suggestions, never rules. Beginning writers call it "reassuring" yet "demanding." Experienced writers say they dip into it again when beginning a novel "or just when I feel low." Beginning writers following this step by step plan will complete a finished novel by the end of this course of study. "Concise and to-the-point. This book is not just about writing; it's about being who you are and doing what you can." - Writer's Digest

Writing a Novel

Writing A Novel is not a set of rules and regulations.

Author: Richard Skinner

Publisher:

ISBN: 0571340466

Category: Creative writing

Page: 224

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A novel is a relationship, a place outside of time where both reader and writer are challenged and validated, stretched and rewarded. Richard Skinner believes it is your duty as a novelist to bring your whole self to the page; to find your story, not force it; to meet your reader in a spirit of openness. In Writing a Novel he offers up frameworks, strategies and stimuli to help you meet that duty, drawingon his deep experience as one of the UK's leading creative writing teachers. He covers the essentials - narrators, character, setting - with charm and rigour. But Writing a Novel is not a set of instructions: it is a way of thinking, a conversation, a relationship in itself.

Write a Novel

An updated edition of this popular and informative guide to writing - and publishing - a good novel.

Author: Nigel Watts

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1444103237

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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An updated edition of this popular and informative guide to writing - and publishing - a good novel.

Travel Writing

But was it an accident? Could Pete have prevented it? And did it actually happen, or is this just an elaborate tale he concocts to impart the power of story to his teenage students? Why can’t he stop thinking about Lisa Kim?

Author: Peter Ferry

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547545950

Category: Fiction

Page: 305

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“A rich character study and a twisty whodunit, adding one more voice to the lively conversation about the boundaries between memoir and fiction” (Entertainment Weekly). Pete Ferry, our narrator, teaches high school English in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Lake Forest and moonlights as a travel writer. On his way home after work one evening, he witnesses a car accident that kills a beautiful woman named Lisa Kim. But was it an accident? Could Pete have prevented it? And did it actually happen, or is this just an elaborate tale he concocts to impart the power of story to his teenage students? Why can’t he stop thinking about Lisa Kim? And what might his obsession with her mean to his relationship with his girlfriend, Lydia? With humor, tenderness, and suspense, Travel Writing takes readers on fascinating journeys, both geographical and psychological, and delves into the notion that the line between fact and fiction is often negotiable. “A great and edifying read.” —Dave Eggers “Travel Writing is an absolute pleasure to read. It is ensnaring, funny, suspenseful, smart and poignant.” —Chicago Tribune “Ferry builds his quietly tricky tale around an English teacher’s amateur investigation into a traffic fatality . . . Earnest, engrossing and affecting.” —Publishers Weekly

Save the Cat Writes a Novel

Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights ...

Author: Jessica Brody

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399579752

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.

Writing for Story

Jon Franklin, an undisputed master of the great American nonfiction short story, shares the secrets of his success.

Author: Jon Franklin

Publisher: Reference

ISBN: 0452272955

Category: Education

Page: 284

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Jon Franklin, an undisputed master of the great American nonfiction short story, shares the secrets of his success. This lively, easy-to-follow guide combines readability and excitement with the best of expository prose and illuminates the techniques that beginning journalists will find to be immensely helpful.

The One Year Novelist

If you're thinking of writing a novel this year, this is the one book you need.

Author: L. M. Lilly

Publisher: Spiny Woman LLC

ISBN: 9781950061075

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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If you're thinking of writing a novel this year, this is the one book you need. Most writers need to fit writing in around other responsibilities and goals. Maybe you're working at a separate job or profession, raising a family, pursuing a degree, or all of the above. But no matter what else is happening in your life, you can write your novel in a year. The One-Year Novelist walks you through the steps week-by-week, taking you from idea to finished draft. It includes ways to stay motivated, break down the writing process, and tailor the schedule to your life. If you've already plotted your novel, prefer to start writing without planning first, or want to finish in less than a year, you can easily do that. This book is for you if: - You have a great idea for a novel and aren't sure you have time to write it - You've started a novel and want help getting to the finish line - You've written novels before but are looking for a way to streamline your process Get started by downloading your ebook edition (includes link to free downloadable worksheets) today.

How to Write Your First Novel

In this writer’s guide, prolific writer M.L. Ronn shares an easy step-by-step process of writing compelling fiction that he's perfected after writing 40+ books.

Author: M.L. Ronn

Publisher: Ursabrand Media

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 178

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Are you still dreaming about writing that book? Learning how to write your first novel can be overwhelming. You have to master outlining, writing, revising, and so much more...and it can be scary if you've never done it before. While it seems daunting, writing your first novel is simple when you have someone experienced to help you through it. In this writer’s guide, prolific writer M.L. Ronn shares an easy step-by-step process of writing compelling fiction that he's perfected after writing 40+ books. Write your first novel with structured advice tailored for beginners: Learn the basic building blocks of every story and how to put them together Develop an effective outline (or learn how to write without one!) Discover winning formulas that mega-bestsellers use to write their novels Navigate your novel’s “murky middle” with 7 unorthodox strategies that will get you unstuck in no time Revise your story without fear Writing your first novel is life-changing. Download this writer’s guide, follow the step-by-step instructions, and you'll wake up one morning very soon with a finished manuscript waiting for you.

A Primer of the Novel

However, these works tend to be either written solely for writers or solely for readers. More often than not, those written for readers tend to be aimed at advanced students or critics of the novel.

Author: David Madden

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461655978

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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When the first edition of David Madden's A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers was published more than twenty-five years ago, there were no other books of its kind available. Since then, many authors and editors have produced works that attempt the same comprehensive coverage of the genre. However, these works tend to be either written solely for writers or solely for readers. More often than not, those written for readers tend to be aimed at advanced students or critics of the novel. In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced to the genre. This unique handbook provides a definition and history of the novel, a description of early narratives, and a discussion of critical approaches to this literary form. A Primer of the Novel also identifies terms, definitions, commentary, and examples in the form of quotations for almost 50 types of novels and 15 artistic techniques. A chronology of narrative in general and of the novel in particular—from 850 B. C. to the present—is also included, along with indexes to authors, titles, novel types and techniques, as well as a selective bibliography of criticism. Although all novel types present in the first edition are still represented, many have become more clearly defined. This revised edition also cites several types of novels that did not appear in the first edition, such as the graphic novel and the novel of Magical Realism. As well as keeping all of the original examples from representative texts, the authors have added new examples of more recent works. While this book was conceived for a general audience, it will be a valuable resource for students, teachers, and libraries. It may be used in any English literature courses at any level, including graduate, and is suited for creative writing courses as well. With its clear and immediately accessible features, this handbo

Writing a Novel

Now with a sharp new cover, "Teach Yourself Writing a Novel "helps readers follow the paths of Austin and Hemingway.

Author: Nigel Watts

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 007142105X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

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Now with a sharp new cover, "Teach Yourself Writing a Novel "helps readers follow the paths of Austin and Hemingway. The author takes them step-by-step through the writing process, from the germination of an idea to the actual writing, and from finding an agent to contacting publishers. Also includes exercises to help develop the reader's own writing skills and tips to relieve writer's block.

Novelista

This book will guide you through the process and orient you towards the goal of publication. From absolute beginner to novelista, this book will change the way you write and think about writing.

Author: Claire Askew

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 9781529384840

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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NOVELISTA is a friendly, straight-talking writing guide for people who want to write a novel but don''t know how to begin. It asks all the important questions and gives a host of reassuring answers that demonstrate that anyone can write a novel - even you! To begin with, what the hell is a novel? It''s basically a tiny world, where characters are born, live, and (sometimes) die. To write one all you need is a notebook and a pen - but along the way you''ll want to learn about good writing habits, planning, mastering descriptions and dialogue and how to pull it all together. This book will guide you through the process and orient you towards the goal of publication. From absolute beginner to novelista, this book will change the way you write and think about writing.

How to Write a Damn Good Novel

Covers characterization, plot, theme, conflicts, climax and resolution, point of view, dialogue, revision, and manuscript submission Written in a clear, crisp style, this book is perfect for beginners or professional writers who need a ...

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312010443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 174

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Covers characterization, plot, theme, conflicts, climax and resolution, point of view, dialogue, revision, and manuscript submission